This depends a lot on your weight, riding, style terrain, etc... I'm about 165 and ride a hardtail agressively on dry rocky terrain with the "pantywasters". I run around 38 PSI in the rear and 36 up front. I do incur some pinch flats on occasion, but I like the traction I get at those pressures.wipe-out said:
It would help if you provide your weight, riding style, trail conditions (roots, rocks, sharp rocks, drops, jumps, etc. You'll also want to know about these items from the recommendations you get.wipe-out said:
155lbs 35 front 40 rear on tech trails. If the roots and rocks are wet I drop em 5. makes a big differance.wipe-out said:
I feel the same as sprocketeer. For some reason, i need to run at least 5 pounds more pressure in these tires(fire xc) than all the other tires i am familiar with.Sprocketeer said:I'm about the same weight as you and ride on Panaracer Trailblasters--which are based on the Fire XC design but I frankly think they're a step up--sorry if that seems blasphemous. At least they're lighter than the Fire XCs.
Anyway, I say you don't have enough pressure in your tires. I run mine at 50 psi. You might even try putting the front tire at 55 psi. I'm not saying this is the gospel, but you should try it. If you're running non-technical trails, twisty singletrack even, you shouldn't have to keep your tires soft and will actually be able to get better performance at a higher pressure.
I say this only in regard to specifically the Panaracer Fire XC and Trailblaster tires though. Both models have excellent grip on the trail and in turns due to the materials, design, and craftspersonship. They don't need to be softened as much as other tires in order to perform well.